Mounted atop white horses, bandsmen of George Custer's 7th U.S. Cavalry (at left) joined infantry and artillery units on the parade ground found at Kansas's Fort Harker in 1867. This was not long before the band played as Custer's command made a devastating attack on the Southern Cheyenne at Washita. Some of these same men may well have played in the freezing cold during that 1868 Battle of the Washita.
(The Custer House at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in North Dakota). Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his wife, Libbie lived on Fort Abraham Lincoln from 1873 until Custer died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in the spring of 1876. Approximately 500 troops were also stationed there. Custer's first home at the fort was built in the summer of 1873, but it burned down in February 1874. Today, the house and seven other major fort buildings have been rebuilt.